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Wednesday’s workout

Feb 29, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
Gio Gonzalez throws live BP today with Class AAA pitching coach Greg Booker watching.

VIERA, Fla. — We've reached that inevitable point in spring training where everyone pines for the games to begin. There are only so many defensive drills and live BP guys can take before they start clamoring for some real game action.

Fortunately, that day has nearly arrived. The Nationals will host Georgetown in a charity game Friday at noon, then head to Kissimmee to face the Astros in their official Grapefruit League opener Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Sensing his guys are just about ready to play nine innings against an opponent, manager Davey Johnson took the unusual step this morning of having his club work out inside Space Coast Stadium instead of on the practice fields just down the road. There are still too many players to use just one field, so half of the squad worked out right across theRead more ยป

  1. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I hope it's an indicator! Burnett sawing bats from monster RH hitters would be great to see over and over in 2012.Best 25 go North!dfh21

  2. C.Cohen - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I am a total Rizzo defender and there is no GM in the league I would rather the Nats have, but we are going to have to address the outfield situation in some fashion. Most teams have 5 outfielders and 4 is considered the bare miniumum for a 25-man roster. We have 5 outfielders on our 40 MAN ROSTER! And that includes Morse! When Morse is brought back into the infield where he belongs, we will officially have 3 outfielders on the active roster and 1, that's right 1… outfielder available on the rest of the 40 man.I'm willing to acknowledge that there is some shuffling that can be done with Adam LaRoche in case of emergency, but a team looking to contend can not play this fast and loose with their depth. If there is a single injury (not unimaginable, particularly with Werth), we will need another natural outfielder who is ML ready. I'm hoping to hear some progress on this front before opening day.

  3. NatsJack in Floeida - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Ankiel will go on the 40 man at the end of ST and are you counting DaRosa?

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM

    Plus the 40 man only has 38 players listed.

  5. natsfan1a - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I'm pining for the fjords, uh, baseball, too.Can't wait to listen to a game on Saturday. Looking forward to hearing Livo's Bugs Bunny curve. :-)

  6. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    And they do have several outfielders including CF Corey Brown. Plus destin Hood and Tyler Moore Re close. If anything they havetoo many outfielders so with Solis out pitching depth is an issue especially left handed short relief.

  7. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    I think DeRosa is going to play a lot of RF until Harper comes.dfh21

  8. David - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    speaking of Corey Brown. how has he looked this spring?

  9. NatsJack on Florida - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    He hasn't done anything to stand out. Hopefully, he'll show something starting Friday.

  10. Anonymous - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    How much can a guy stand out when all they are doing is running drills at this point?

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    He could be hitting ropes to all fields with power like Rendon.

  12. Unkyd - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Damn… That sounds so good, Jack!

  13. Anonymous - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Ropes to all field in BP? Where Ichiro smacks HR's at will; righhhttt. Good indicator.

  14. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    Ropes to all field in BP? Where Ichiro smacks HR's at will; righhhttt. Good indicator.Ichiro as a comparison for much of anybody. Fair enough. He's nothing special.

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